The Saints are signing Kenny Stills to the practice squad.
Stills began his career with New Orleans, and the veteran receiver is now back for a relatively thin receiving corps. Stills will look to work his way to the active roster this season, which is expected to happen at some point.
Josh Jacobs (illness) is officially active for Monday Night Football.
Jacobs popped up on the injury report yesterday after waking up sick, but there wasn’t a ton of concern with his Week 1 status. With Jacobs being active, we’d say he shouldn’t have any limitation and should be ready for a normal workload against the Ravens.
Ryan Fitzpatrick is expected to miss six-to-eight weeks.
This is pretty good news all things considered, as it’s at least not a season-ender for Fitzpatrick. Taylor Heinicke, who was very impressive in a playoff game against the eventual champion Bucs last January, will now take over and run the Washington offense during Fitzpatrick’s absence—with the opportunity to take the job and run with it. From a fantasy perspective, Fitzpatrick should stay on the waiver wire outside of extremely deep leagues.
Le’Veon Bell will not be elevated from the practice squad for Monday night’s game.
Bell has been with the Ravens slightly longer than Latavius Murray has been, but the latter getting a spot on the 53-man roster makes him the favorite for work this week and beyond. That said, Baltimore wouldn’t have signed Bell if they didn’t plan to eventually have him as a part of their offense, and he remains a definite hold in all leagues. Devonta Freeman is also not being elevated for Week 1.
Raheem Mostert will miss approximately eight weeks with a torn knee cartilage.
The veteran is headed to IR, and he likely won’t be back until November, so this is obviously a significant blow to fantasy owners that drafted him early over the summer. Sixth-round pick Elijah Mitchell rushed for 100+ yards and a score in his debut, and he is a top waiver pickup ahead of Week 2. Also, this news opens the door for fellow rookie Trey Sermon to make an impact after being a surprising inactive yesterday, and JaMycal Hasty will have a role, too. Hopefully there is some sort of defined order for San Francisco, but Kyle Shanahan could certainly end up making the backfield a week-by-week headache.
Rashaad Penny (calf) is expected to be shut down for a few weeks, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
Penny re-aggravated his calf injury, and is now likely to be placed on injured reserve. This is another tough injury break for the former first-round pick, though Seattle treated Chris Carson like a workhorse in the opener, and they are the rare team with five running backs on the roster. Look for Alex Collins to now be active on game days, and DeeJay Dallas should see an expanded role. Hopefully Penny can return at some point in October.
Washington is placing Ryan Fitzpatrick (hip) on injured reserve, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
The MRI confirmed hip subluxation, which will knock the veteran out for at least the next three games—and possibly beyond. It’s obviously a difficult break for Fitzpatrick, and there is a real chance Taylor Heinicke might not give up the starting job if he plays well in his place. This news limits the fantasy upside for Terry McLaurin and others for now, but it by no means should be a significant downgrade for Washington’s offense in general.
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